Carnival is right around the corner! Rio Carnival 2015 starts on Friday, February 13th and ends on February 17th.
The top 5 schools parade again in the Parade of Champions on Saturday, February 21st.
If you’re going to be in Rio de Janeiro, before Carnival you can catch the Free dress rehearsals, called “Ensaio Tecnicos“.
Saturday and Sunday nights all the schools from the small ones to the large schools, get a day to practice on the avenida at the Sambodromo. Although there are no floats or flashy costumes, you will still get to hear the baterias (drum corps), the rainhas (Queens) samba dancers and all the sections of the samba schools. If you can’t make it for Carnival, this is the next best thing, and it’s free and with plenty of room. Seating is open in the General grandstands only and for the larger more famous schools, it’s advised to get there a bit early.
The following is a list of the dates of the Ensaio Tecnicos.
DATE DAY START START / SCHOOL START / SCHOOL
JAN 17 SAT 8PM / IMPERIO DA TIJUCA 9:30PM /CUBANGO
JAN18 SUN 8PM/ MOCIDADE 9:30PM /MANGUEIRA
JAN24 SAT 8PM /PORTO DA PEDRA 9:30PM /UNIDOS DE PADRE MIGUEL
JAN25 SUN 8PM/ BEIJA FLOR 9:30PM /GRANDE RIO
JAN31 SAT 8PM/ SAO CLEMENTE 9:30PM /IMPERATIZ LEOPOLDINENSE
FEB 1 SUN 7PM/ UNIAO DA ILHA 8PM/ PORTELA 9:30PM /SALGUEIRO
FEB 8 SUN 8PM SOUND AND LIGHT TEST – 2014 CHAMPION UNIDOS DA TIJUCA